The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The fourth year of this grant opportunity will provide $350,000 in fiscal year 2016 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure through the funding of dam removals and critical repair/maintenance.
The DNR’s Dam Management Grant Program is focused on the growing issue of abandoned, unused or hazardous dams in Michigan. The purpose of the program is to provide funding and technical assistance to local and state units of government, nonprofit groups and individuals to manage dam removals or repair/major maintenance projects that will enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities, reduce infrastructure costs and improve public safety in Michigan.
There were six recipients as part of the Dam Management Grant Program’s first year, when $2.35 million was granted; three recipients during its second year, when $350,000 was available; and four recipients during its third year, when $350,000 was available.
Again this year there will be an online application process for prospective applicants. Interested parties will have to register with MiRecGrants and then complete and submit an application once registration has been approved by DNR Grants Management. MiRecGrants can be accessed at michigan.gov/dnr-grants.
Information on the Dam Management Grant Program can be found at michigan.gov/dnr-grants. Grant applications must be submitted through the MiRecGrants online application system no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, to be considered for this funding cycle.
The DNR is seeking applications for its Dam Management Grant Program to fund the removal, repair or maintenance of dams across Michigan. Shown here is the removal of Shiatown Dam, funded in 2012.